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Jakarta Post

Time to review KPK Law

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, January 20 2020   /  01:30 am

When thousands of students took to Jakarta’s streets last year to protest the passing of the new Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, which they believed was designed to weaken the antigraft commission, the lawmakers — including Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Yasonna Laoly — said their work should be given the benefit of the doubt. Yasonna, who took part in the bill’s deliberations in his capacity as the law and human rights minister, told reporters on Oct. 2, 2019, shortly after resigning from his Cabinet post, “Apply the law first, see the implementation. If it is flawed, then write a legislative review. Apply the law without prejudice.”President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo did exactly that, giving the law a chance while the students refused to give Yasonna and other lawmakers the same privilege, demanding the President kill the legislation ...